Ab-Souls pays a visit to BET’s The Backroom to drop a quick freestyle.
Behind The Scenes: #RespectTheWest BET Cypher (Ft. Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar & YG)
The #RespectTheWest BET Cypher aired this past Tuesday during the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar & YG all layed down some rhymes in celebration of the West coast’s past and future. WestFestTV has now shared some behind the scenes footage of the cypher shoot.
Video: BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Spoof (Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Jay-Z & DMX)
The BET Hip-Hop Award cyphers are always the most popular part of the show. This year, Grand Hustle, Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky, Hopsin, and Childish Gambino participated in the cyphers. Comedian Justin Hires and his comedy team weren’t pleased with the performers so they took it upon themselves and made their own cypher.
The BET Hip-Hop Awards will air on October 9th and so will most of the cyphers. BET has now released The Warm Up cyphers in anticipation for next week’s show. The Warm Up cyphers showcase young hip-hop acts like Tito Lopez, Brianna Perry, The Kid Daytona, K’LA, Core Masson, Kosha Dillz, Lil Niqo, and Lil Chuckee.
The BET Hip-Hop Awards didn’t exactly go as planned for the BET network. Violence tainted the show when a brawl between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross broke out backstage. Afterwards, Gunplay got into a fist fight with someone from 50 Cent’s crew. Earlier reports even reported gun shots being fired, but TMZ has since shot down the rumors.
BET has now issued a statement addressing last night’s events. Read what they have to say after the break.
Not only does 2 Chainz rhyme big booty with big booty, he also plays the piano. Mr. Chainz will be playing the piano during his performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards where he will hit a few keys and then jump up for “I’m Different.” HipHollywood caught footage of 2 Chainz’ rehearsal for the show.
Jasmine Simpkins also spoke to BET’s President of Programming, Stephen Hill, about Chris Lighty’s tribute. 50 Cent, Fat Joe, and Diddy are all said to be participating in a tribute to the late Chris Lighty. The award show will air next TRUesday October 9th at 8/7c.
The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air next Tuesday October 9th at 8/7c. The cyphers always manage to get people out of their seats. In recent years we’ve had memorable cyphers from G.O.O.D. Music and Shady 2.0. Hopefully this year is no different. The lineup for the cypher was recently announced. A$AP Rocky, Childish Gambino, Hopsin, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, and Xzibit will all participate in the cyphers this year. See the full lineup after the jump.
BET is holding back Rick Ross’ “Hold Me Back” music video. Director Taj tweeted about the ban late last night.
“So BET rejected Ross’ “Hold Me Back” video. It’s incredibly sad, because the video is incredibly special & real. You’re killing US BET. Smh,” he tweeted. “Everybody ask BET why it’s ok for them to play “Boyz N the Hood”, “Menace to Society”, and “South Central”, but not Ross’ video. RT RT RT What does BET stand for? You should have two answers for that question,” he continued.
The “Hold Me Back” music video was shot in New Orleans’ Calio Projects. BET was supposed to debut the video a few days ago. Reasons for their rejection are unknown. Watch behind the scenes footage of the “Hold Me Back” video shoot here.
BET isn’t scared to pull the plug on music videos. If you remember, they also refused to play Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe” music video.
Nas and the legendary Eddie Murphy appeared on BET’s 106 & Park to promote their new movie Tower Heist.
Nas did a track for the soundtrack with Rick Rozay called “Its a Tower Heist” and speaks about how it came about.
After the jump Eddie Murphy speaks on a potential Beverly Hills cop TV show and doing stand up again.
Behind the scenes footage of Maybach Music shooting their BET cypher in an abandoned warehouse. French Montana and Mike Epps make appearances.